Nicholas Pooran, bowlers help West Indies thrash Afghanistan by 47 runs in 2nd ODI to clinch series 2-0
West Indies defeated Afghanistan by 47 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series on Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. The Kieron Pollard-led side bundled out Afghanistan for a paltry 200 in their 248-run chase to hand the hosts their eleventh straight defeat in ODIs. Nicholas Pooran and the bowlers set up a comfortable victory for Windies with their respective performances.
The match was affected by moths, who continuously troubled the players during the proceedings as West Indies cricketers were spotted wearing masks while batting and fielding at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. Afghanistan's woeful run since the ICC World Cup 2019 continued.
After winning the toss in Lucknow on Saturday, Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan invited West Indies to bat first. The visitors were off to a flyer with openers Shai Hope (43) and Evin Lewis (54) adding a brilliant 98-run stand for the first wicket. After their dismissals, Pooran took over and slammed a swashbuckling knock of 67 runs off 50 balls laced with seven fours and three sixes to help his side post a fighting total of 247 runs on the board.
Naveen-ul-Haq was the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan as he finished with figures of 3/60 in his nine overs. In reply, the Rashid Khan-led side got off to a shaky start losing opener Javed Ahmadi on a duck. Hazratullah Zazai (23) and Rahmat Shah (33) then added a 53-run stand for the second wicket. Shah and Zazai were both sent back in quick succession by Windies pacers.
Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi then steadied the ship for Afghanistan with respective knocks of 56 and 32 runs. The duo combined to add 68 runs for the sixth wicket and set the stage for a successful chase but after Nabi's dismissal, Afghanistan's lower-order succumbed under pressure.
West Indies, who won the first ODI by seven wickets on Wednesday, will look to make it three wins in a row when they take on Afghanistan in the third and final game on Monday.